The following message is designed to give District clubs and members some direction in the wake of the recent disasters.  I thank PDG Karen Oakes for her significant role both at our recent District Council meeting and with this message.
Yes, The Rotary Foundation is collecting emergency funds to help victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, see details around the two Donor Advised Funds (DAF) below, that have been set up to accept donations. Please note that both of these DAFs are US based and may not be appropriate for your charitable giving requirements.    
To quote, Don Mebus, Rotary club of Arlington, Texas,  "The power of Rotary is the Foundation's ability to pull help from around the world while local clubs provide immediate relief in their own communities."
When disaster, be that fire, floods, hurricane winds, earthquakes, torrential rains and mudslides or other tragedies, does strike, we, Rotarians, want to step up and provide our assistance, our compassion and our funds in many cases.  Rotarians and Rotary International have long been recognized for their ongoing community service programs, and for providing disaster assistance, i.e. after “first responders” have completed their tasks of providing emergency and life-saving services. 
With all respect for the many personal outreaches already underway in our District, we draw your attention to the following information extracted from the Rotary International home page, under My Rotary, What’s New, "Find out how you can help victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma". Click on the Read more.
Two Rotary Foundation donor advised funds have been set up to accept donations for disaster relief and recovery in response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma:
Hurricane Harvey
Account name: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund
Account number: 608
Hurricane Irma
Account name: Hurricane Emergency Relief Fund
Account number: 296
You can contribute by check or wire transfer or online with a credit card. You'll need to provide the DAF account name and number listed above. If you would like a credit card receipt, please check the address box to share your address with Rotary. 
As well, Rotary's partner, ShelterBox, continues to provide support to families displaced by the storms as well as other disasters around the world.
Each of us is encouraged to consider our personal level of support based on our own convictions and after due consultation with our trusted advisors for any income tax or financial implications.
Thank you for Making a Difference,
Reg Madison
District Governor 2017 - 2018